Yasmin Zaerpoor

Yasmin Zaerpoor is a PhD candidate in the Environmental Policy and Planning group in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP).

She is interested in environmental dispute resolution and negotiation, specifically in the context of transboundary water management. Her research focuses on ways to engage non-state actors in water management in the Eastern Nile River Basin through informal problem-solving forums.

She is a co-instructor for the Malaysia Sustainable Cities Program (MSCP), a five year effort to study and document sustainable urban development in Malaysia. The program is run by faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Universiti of Teknologi of Malaysia (UTM). As part of her responsibilities, she co-organizes and co-leads a two-week Urban Planning Practicum every January for Master’s in City Planning students from MIT and UTM.

Yasmin has been a Teaching Assistant in Introduction to Environmental Policy and Planning (11.601) and Environmental Justice: Law and Policy (11.368), two graduate level courses offered in DUSP. She has also co-instructed the graduate level Water Diplomacy course (11.382) and co-manages the Water Diplomacy Workshop, a week-long train-the-trainer style workshop that teaches negotiation skills to water managers from around the world.

One of the most rewarding aspects of her time at MIT has been living in Maseeh Hall, an undergraduate dorm, as a Graduate Resident Tutor. She holds an M.S. in Urban Planning from Columbia University and a B.S. in Animal Physiology and Neuroscience from the University of California – San Diego.

Areas of Interest
Conflict, Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Participatory Planning, Environmental Planning and Management, Public Participation, Resource Management, Water Conservation